“She was different … she would give flowers to her best girlfriend.”
Those are part of the lyrics to a new Mexican corrido that could — more than anything else — help change mainstream traditional views on gay love in Latin America.
Los Tigres del Norte, known as the Mexican Rolling Stones, are one of Latin America’s most influential bands. They’ve sold millions of records in their 50-plus years together, singing about everything from narco culture to the plight of immigrants attempting to reach the United States. Their songs are enormously influential, and have helped to shape public opinion in Mexico and Latin America for decades.
Now the band is making headlines once again writing the first corrido on gay love. “She was Different” is story of a beautiful girl who rebuffed the advances of every man in town because she was in love with her girlfriend.
Fusion joined Los Tigres del Norte backstage during their April 18 concert at L.A.’s Nokia Theater to talk about the intersection of music and social justice, and the importance of their latest hit song.
(Watch video at top of this post).
Stills by Ana Camus
Camerawork by Ernesto Huerta-Juarez
Sound by Oscar Coronel